The Visionary Innovation Group

The Visionary Innovation Group is a specialized foresight and strategic analysis team within Frost & Sullivan that provides actionable and value-focused insights on how transformative developments will impact future markets. The group is dedicated to providing insights into the future that are actionable today or when the decision will have maximum impact on growth. We typically work with everyone from Innovation and Strategy Leads, to CXO officers.

Our foresight understanding comes from analyzing 13 Megatrends, global forces that define the future world with their far-reaching impact on business, societies, economies, cultures and personal lives.

Our global team of futurists, experts and advisors work with clients from all verticals using an exclusive ‘Futurecasting’ methodology. Through this process, companies are guided to design mid to long-term strategy including product, business model and technology planning in light of these Megatrends.

Why Do Megatrends Matter? – The Imperative to Act

Effective Megatrend planning supports long term sustainable growth and drives a culture of innovation. This acts as a form of insurance policy against future disruptive events that could impact growth both positively and negatively.

Connectivity and Convergence

80 billion connected devices will proliferate globally by 2025 resulting in massive technology-led disruption across all industries, moving everyone and everything towards a state of ‘connected living’. Learn about the $730 billion market it is expected to create in personal applications alone by 2020.

Cognitive Era

Future computing technologies will repeatedly challenge Moore’s Law, with Quantum being the ultimate disruption point. By 2025, the industry will have powerful processors in mobile devices capable of running trained deep networks for cognitive functions such as vision, speech, and security. Industries of the future will witness humans and robots working collaboratively through sensored human-machine interfaces

Smart is the New Green

Every 1 in 10 individual could be living in a smarter and more sustainable environment, a world that is proactive in offering intelligent solutions in all aspects, from energy to transportation. Learn about the $1.5 trillion consolidated smart city market opportunity expected by 2020.

Bricks and Clicks

Transition to an integrated omnichannel model is drastically changing retail with many new business models such as virtual stores and online hypermarkets finding success in the new digital era. Learn about the trillion-dollar opportunities in both B2C and B2B markets as buyers and sellers migrate to online and omnichannel platforms.

New Business Models

Next-generation business models will redefine future business propositions, technology, and product development. Frugal innovation and personalization will drive more ‘Value for Many’ models. Spot complex business models evolving in B2B, B2C and B2G relationships and how they succeed in delivering the promises of personalization and customer-enabled flexibility.

Urbanization – City as a Customer

80% of the world will be urbanized by 2025 creating Mega Cities that could contribute between 20%-30% of GDPs by 2025. Look at ‘cities as customers’ and tap into the vast cross-sector opportunities it presents in technology, infrastructure, demography, and industry markets.

Social Trends

Global population will be polarized with Gen Y accounting for third of the population in Asia while in Europe the aged will dominate. Explore the new opportunities being ushered in by these new consumer groups such as Gen Y and Women signaling the advent of customized applications and innovative technologies.

Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness

With smarter drugs, virtual hospitals, and cyber documents, the healthcare industry is poised for a radical change with information technology taking the forefront in research and development, diagnostics, and monitoring. Learn about new products from unconventional health care manufacturers offering technology to improve personal well-being.

Economic Trends

Economic Trends

BRICS is being replaced by BRICS+M in major corporations as investors look beyond the BRICSs to grow margins. Identify the future economic engines of growth including nations such as Mexico, Argentina, Turkey, Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam.

Innovate to Zero

Innovating to Zero

Companies will shift focus and develop products and technologies that “Innovate to Zero,” for example, zero-emission technologies. Gain insight into our Mega Vision of a “Zero Concept” world with zero accidents, zero fatalities, zero defects, and zero breaches of security.

Future of Mobility

Future of Mobility

Journeys of the future will become integrated, multi modal combined with intelligent and smart technologies. Learn about the new business models in mobility shifting gears to adopt futuristic technologies and ideas to offer integrated mobility such as mobility apps and car sharing.

Future of Infrastructure Development

Future of Infrastructure Development

Future infrastructure will be smart and intelligent with better linkages and tremendous improvement in the quality and operational efficiency of sectors such as transport, power, and water. The whopping $41 trillion expected to be spent globally on infrastructure projects to 2030 is indicative of the massive multiplier gains that can be expected in these decades.

Health & Wellness

Future of Energy

Rising energy costs and an increasing focus on environmental performance has introduced new ways of managing energy efficiently through technologies such as smart grids. Learn about the future of traditional fuels and other sources that are being touted to help sustain energy sufficiency.

Our Megatrend Universe

Cognitive Era

  • Machine Learning
  • Future of Computing
  • Intelligent Digital Assistants
  • Future of Devices
  • Future of Social Media

Connectivity and Convergence

  • Roadmap to 5G
  • Space Connectivity 2.0
  • Digital Reality
  • Top Technology Buzz for the Future
  • Cybersecurity
  • IoT Services
  • Blockchain 2.0
  • Virtual Finance

Smart is the New Green

  • Smart Technologies
  • Smart Factories
  • Smart Cities

Bricks and Clicks

  • Future of Physical Stores
  • Automated Shops
  • Personalization of Retail
  • Integrated Omnichannel Marketing
  • Smart Retail

New Business Models

  • Servicization
  • Circular Economy
  • Personalization & Customization
  • Value for Money
  • Sharing Economy
  • XaaS
  • Online-to-Offline (o2o)

Social Trends

  • Gen Z
  • Reverse Brain Drain
  • Heterogeneous Society
  • She-economy
  • Middle Class

Innovating to Zero

  • Zero Emissions
  • Zero Accidents
  • Carbon Neutrality

Health & Wellness

  • Nutraceuticals
  • Femtech
  • Smart Healthcare
  • Gene Therapy
  • Precision Medicine
  • Biomarker Analytics
  • Regen Med

Urbanization: City as a Customer

  • Mega Corridors
  • Mega Cities
  • Mega Regions
  • Mega Slums

Economic Trends

  • Future of BRICS
  • Future Trade Dynamics
  • Africa as a Continent

Future of Energy

  • Decarbonization
  • Decentralized Generation
  • Digitization in Energy

Future of Infrastructure Development

  • Construction Autonomy
  • Sustainable Materials
  • Future of Smart Infrastructure
  • High-speed Transit
  • Mega Projects

Future of Mobility

  • Micro-mobility
  • Connected Cars
  • EV and Infrastructure
  • Sharing Economy
  • 3rd-dimension Mobility
  • Integrated Mobility
  • Future of Freight

Transformational Themes

The following are 12 transformational themes emerging from our universe of Megatrends


The converging forces of the future shaping the human experience and refining the nature of humanity – includes how humans will think, behave, experience and perform in future.

Autonomous World

A state when intelligent technology systems operate without human interference, enabling the emergence of innovative business models in a more efficient society.

Connected Living

A world in which consumers use many different devices to experience compelling new services that integrate video, voice, and data services to provide access and ubiquitous connectivity anytime and anywhere.

Industry 5.0

Industry 5.0 will focus on more advanced human-machine interfaces which means improved integration, allowing faster, better automation paired with the power of human brains.

Digital Reality as Frontier Technology

Augmented reality (AR) augments the real world with digital overlays. Virtual Reality (VR) replaces real-world environment with virtual objects. Mixed reality (MR) mixes virtual objects in the real world.

Complex needs of a Heterogeneous Society

Represents a diverse group of people who are different in terms of income, ethnicity, gender, age, language, and generational preferences, cultural traditions. The diversity will drive complex new customer needs.

Data as 21st Century Oil

The act of productizing data and trading it through bartering, brokering and/or business intelligence models that analyze it to offer critical insights.

Era of Intelligent Assistants

A type of AI in which computational and mathematical methods are used to analyze the human language. A digital assistant can perform tasks based on verbal commands.

'Uberization' of Industries

Sharing of assets across individuals or groups where the cost is shared across users. Within the context of platform businesses, sharing economy can unlock value for multiple groups.

Concept of 'Zero' World

A zero concept world with zero emissions, zero accidents, zero fatalities, zero defects, and zero breaches of security.

Rise of Platform Economy

Transition from a linear, manufacturing driven, resource-heavy conventional business model to a demand-driven, multi-faceted, digital platform business models.

Zero Latency World

The integration of 5G, edge computing and connected living to enable an ecosystem where data is shared instantaneously among people, devices and systems.


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